Policy and Procedure
STUDENT AFFAIRS OP 91.300: Blood Procurement
Date: July 1, 1990
To provide consistent guidelines to allow blood service organizations access to a safe, healthy, and large population of blood donors while protecting the donor population from excessive blood drives that curb the willingness to donate.
All blood drives on the Mississippi State University campus must be approved by the Director of the Longest Student Health Center and the Dean of Students.
All blood drives must be approved in writing on the Student Activity Form, prior to any advertising, by the Director of the Longest Student Health Center, the Director of Student Life, and the Dean of Students.
Mississippi State University controls the frequency, time, and location of all blood drives. Blood procurement will be limited to a total of four (4) scheduled drives during fall semester (limited to one each month August, September, October, and November on a first-come, first-served basis) and four (4) scheduled drives during the spring semester (limited to one each month January, February, March, and April on a first-come, first-served basis).
All blood drives requesting space in the Union may be scheduled in any available room in the Union with the exception of the Union Ballroom, the Art Lounge, or any lobby. Each campus blood drive will be limited to one day between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Each blood service may draw no more than 500 units per academic year.
If a special need drive occurs, and if the drive is approved, the requesting service will conduct it, and the blood drawn will be debited against its 500 units per academic year.
If untoward incidents of familial pressure and/or university embarrassment occur, the offending service will be prohibited from drawing blood on campus for a period of time determined by the university.
All blood drawn by any blood service during the Transylvania Bowl competition period will be credited to the Mississippi State University campus.
Each service will provide the Longest Student Health Center with the prevalence of the HIV antibody, Hepatitis A, B, C antigen or antibody, and any other serological testing done by the service.
The type and rh-factor of all units drawn and the ultimate breakdown of the disposition of that blood (components, whole blood, waste, etc.) will also be furnished to the Longest Student Health Center.
All blood drives will follow currently established guidelines for the care of Mississippi State University students.
The blood service will assume responsibility for any debts incurred at the Longest Student Health Center or Oktibbeha County Hospital for any untoward effects of phlebotomy.
The Vice President for Student Affairs is responsible for the review of this operating policy every four years or as needed.
For information about this policy, contact the responsible/reviewing department hyperlinked above.